Welcome to Buckshaw Nursery class!!
Our Nursery Class Teacher is Mrs Collins and our teaching assistants are Mrs Clarke, Mrs Warrington, Mrs Rivers and Mrs Whittaker.
The role of the Key Person
Each adult in the class take on the role of a ‘key person’ and has a group of children in their group. The role of the key person involves responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class. The key person supports physical needs too, helping with issues like nappy changing, toileting and dressing. This person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and one who builds relationships with the child and parents or carers.
Evidence has shown that small groups foster close bonds between the child and the key person in a way that large groups cannot easily do. These groups allow the key person to better ‘tune into’ children’s play and their conversations to really get to know the children in the group well. Children feel settled and happy and are more confident to explore and as a result become more capable learners. A note has been written in all children’s communication books detailing who their key person is.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Nursery Class works from the same framework as Reception class. This is known as ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ and the children are continually assessed against the developing age bands from the ‘Development Matters’ guidance. Most of our learning is play based and the teaching will be differentiated for each child’s developmental stage and also from their individual interests.
Planning and Teaching
The children in Nursery Class spend much of their time exploring the learning areas independently which is planned for through continuous provision. Included in our continuous provision is the outdoor area with an ‘all weather’ canopy which is open all day for children to free flow. With this in mind your child will need a warm, waterproof coat; please put your child’s name in their coat. There is also time dedicated to teacher led, whole class input and small group work. The planned activities in the Nursery Class focus loosely, through topic based programmes and on the children’s interests. Our teaching activities are planned around the child and are personalised to the children’s different stages of development. The two year old children focus on the prime areas of learning, which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical development. These areas of learning are the essential foundations from which will be built upon and include short, simple circle times and of course through independent play.
The preschool children once secure with the three prime areas of learning will develop the remaining four areas of learning, which are; Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. This is again taught through independent play and adult guided activities.
Phonics (Letters and Sounds)
All the children in Nursery class take part in a short phonics session every day. Phonics at this early stage is designed to help children to listen attentively, enlarge their vocabulary, speak confidently to adults and children, identify sounds in the environment initially then move on to discriminating sounds in everyday words, reproduce sounds in words clearly and in order and finally use sound-talk to segment the sounds in spoken words.
The Nursery Class PE sessions are Thursday mornings. All the children take part in a PE session with the teachers and teaching assistants on a Thursday morning. Please ensure all jewellery is removed and long hair is tied back on these days, also children will need to wear comfortable clothing and trainers.
We assess children and their development through the year and record this in each child’s learning journey. If parents could please familiarise themselves with the attached ‘Magic Moments’. So that we can create a profile for your child as a ‘whole person’ as opposed to only the child we see at school, please comment on any achievements from home to add to your child’s profile. The learning journeys will always be on display in nursery, if any parents wish to access their child’s learning journey, please ask a member of staff.
Ways to Help Your Child
Read stories and sing to your child everyday
Encourage recognition of familiar signs, logos and their own name
Complete any home learning with your child
Counting aloud with your child during everyday activities